I think that Bible scholars who have taught and still believe that the four parts of the statue and the four beasts both represent the first four kingdoms have not factored in events that came along later on the historical timeline.
And while I’m not sure about the TRUTH in ALL of Raggio’s statements on his website, I do agree with this portrayal of the first beast prophecy. It makes the most sense in context with the progression of Daniel’s writings and their historical representations. (The following text highlights are mine.)
Daniel’s FIRST Beast
A Lion With Eagle’s Wings
by Ken Raggio
Daniel 7:4 – “The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man’s heart was given to it.”
Again the million-dollar question is this: ‘Where is a modern empire symbolized by a lion?’ Here is the answer: Great Britain. Now there have been many nations that have utilized the lion as a symbol. But in modern times, the lion is most clearly associated with Great Britain – the largest empire in modern times. In recent memory, it could be said that “the sun never sets on the British Empire.”
(NOTE: God has brought into my mind the fact that Great Britain was a part of what had been the Roman Empire. REMEMBER: The Roman Empire was never literally CONQUERED. Rather, other nations grew out of it.)
The British Lion is universally recognized. It has appeared on the Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom since King James VI of Scotland ascended to the English throne in 1603. It also appears on several national emblems and flags. Another British symbol, lady “Britannia,” is depicted riding the back of a lion. The lion symbol is depicted behind Britannia on the British fifty pence coin and a lion is shown crowned on the back of the British ten pence coin. A lion is also used as a symbol on the non-ceremonial flag of the British Army.
What about the eagle’s wings that were plucked?
Again, there are few symbols more easily recognizable in the world today than the American Eagle. But how can the American Eagle be associated – connected with – the British Lion? That is an easy answer. The United States of America was originally a colonial territory of Great Britain. But IT WAS PLUCKED UP from the British Empire when the citizens of the thirteen original American colonies wrote and signed The Declaration of Independence in 1776, declaring their independence and BREAKING AWAY FROM the British Crown – King George III.
(NOTE: Prophecy scholars who lived before the WAR OF 1776, World War 1, and World War 2 did not have modern history in their favor. Those that did know about those wars (involving all of the known world at the times when they happened) have no excuse, in my humble opinion. However, I trust God’s perfect timing as to when these prophetic connections were finally made and adapted as TRUTH.)
Herein is a most wonderful fulfillment of ancient Bible prophecies. TWO-THOUSAND FIVE-HUNDRED YEARS AGO, the prophet Daniel envisioned the Declaration of Independence, which any educated person knows is one of the most important documents ever written in the history of mankind. It was the founding document of what is arguably the greatest nation that ever existed! And Daniel saw it!
After the wings of the eagle were plucked from the British Lion, “it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man’s heart was given to it,” (Daniel 7:4).
After 1776, and the rise of the United States of America, Britain became the largest empire in history.
(NOTE: It’s relatively easy to take a birds eye view of history and see that America was plucked from Great Britain. And if you are a student of prophecy like Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, you will recognize even more prophetic connections, revealing that the USA was blessed by God as was Israel. AND the curses found in Deuteronomy 28 have also been applied to the United States by the Almighty.)
THE HARBINGER series by Jonathan Cahn begins here: https://www.christianbook.com/harbinger-ancient-mystery-secret-americas-future/jonathan-cahn/9781616386108/pd/386108?event=Fiction|1014121
Daniel’s SECOND Beast
A Bear With Three Ribs In Its Mouth
by Ken Raggio
Daniel 7:5 – “And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh.”
Wikipedia says that “the Russian Bear is a national personification for Russia, used in cartoons and articles at least since the 19th century, and relating alike to Tsarist Russia, the Soviet Union and the present post-Soviet Russia.” It is often used by Westerners, especially Britain and the US, often with the connotation that Russia is “big, brutal and clumsy.” Now, Russians themselves have taken up with the bear image. A bear named “Misha” was Russia’s mascot at the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games. A bear is the symbol of the United Russia Party, which is a major force in Russian politics. Coincidentally, the NAME of the President elected in 2008, Medvedev, is a form of a word meaning “bear.”
So there is no doubt whatsoever. The bear, in modern times is universally known as RUSSIA.
But here is ANOTHER MAGNIFICENT CLUE that Russia is indeed the bear.
The bear raised itself up on one side and had three ribs in its mouth. THIS EVENT WAS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT EVENTS IN MODERN HISTORY. It was the meeting of the world’s three most powerful nations in YALTA – on the SOUTHERN-MOST SIDE of RUSSIA. Joseph Stalin, Czar of Russia, met with Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of Britain, and Franklin D. Roosevelt, President of the United States.
The Yalta Conference – 1945 – at the close of WWII
Here is what the prophecy said…
“…it raised up itself on one side, …and THEY SAID thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh,” Daniel 7:5.
In order to bring World War 2 to a close, these three superpowers failed to liberate the nations that the Soviets had recently annexed in war.
As a result, most of the Eastern Block countries became part of the Soviet Socialist Republics – eastern Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Romania, Albania and East Germany. The photo below shows the Russian Bear on April 30, 1945, as the Soviets stormed the German Reichstag Parliament building, hoisting the Hammer & Sickle over Berlin, Germany. …
If taking control of SIX NATIONS at one time isn’t “devouring much flesh,” I cannot imagine what would be.
But it was actually worse than that.
The RUSSIAN BEAR devoured FAR MORE THAN EASTERN EUROPE, because Russia birthed a SOCIALIST WORLD GOVERNMENT that day.
FDR had been unbelievably naive about Stalin’s evil intentions, and did not believe Stalin would be so aggressive. Roosevelt’s assistant, Alger Hiss, drafted the CHARTER for the UNITED NATIONS. The impetus for the UNITED NATIONS WAS BORN THAT DAY. The official logo of the UN was patterned after the RUSSIAN LOGO (see graphic).
But in the following months, Alger Hiss was accused and convicted of being a COMMUNIST RUSSIAN SPY. The plan and Charter for the United Nations was created by an agent for Joseph Stalin! In stark reality, the United Nations is a Socialist Global Government!
The Communists not only devoured Eastern Europe after Yalta. They effectively devoured the world, when they created the United Nations! Time will soon tell just what a Socialist tyranny is rising to power at the UN!
If you look at it close enough, you will conclude for yourself that the UNITED NATIONS is a Socialist entity. It was created by Communists, and today is predominantly Socialist from top to bottom. Socialism DEVOURED THE WORLD with the birth of the UNITED NATIONS.
Coming next: The Third Beast of Daniel 7